Philippine & Harpy Eagle Protection

1) Support Neil Rettig's travel to the Latin American premiere of his groundbreaking  Philippine Eagle documentary, "Bird of Prey" in Ciudad de Panama, November 24th, 2018.
The 22nd Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation (SMBC) is taking place 21-24 November 2018. Naturaleza y Ciencia-507  is the Panamanian NGO hosting the Symposium on the Harpy Eagle and other Neotropical Eagles . Neil Rettig and Dr. Laura Johnson have accepted the invitation to be Keynote Speakers in the conference, and the Cornell Lab  agreed to the Latin America Premiere of the Philippine Eagle movie  for the estimated 600 attendants of this event in Panama. As a leading conservation organization in Latin America,  is proud to sponsor this effort.

2) How do you celebrate Thanksgivings?
Many biologists and conservationists will be in Panama sharing the latest information to help everyone better understand and protect species and their environments (yours also). What better way to feel good than lending us a hand to bring Neil and his earth-moving message and work to Panama? We are asking for your support to cover travel and expenses for their trip. Many people and organizations have come together to make this presentation a reality. We are counting on an outpouring of support , so we can also send help to the people attempting to save the Eagles, sponsor deserving students to attend the congress, and continue research and conservation education.

3) About Neil Rettig:
Neil has dedicated a lifetime to filming nature and he brings it to our homes in a very personal style, combining art and science. His works are a unique portfolio of a concerted effort for the conservation of unique landscapes and species. After numerous Emmy awards and other international prizes  in cinematography, his original film of the Harpy Eagles in the remote rainforests of Guyana in South America perhaps ranks among the most admired by biologists the world over. It was made in the 1960’s, which, at the time, was an amazing feat in the realm of cryptozoology. Harpy eagles remained elusive and little known until Neil completed “The Spirit of the Ceiba Tree” in the 90's, which is a tale of local indigenous lore unraveling the mysteries of the natural history of this rare raptor.

4) The Philippine Eagle: The Rarest Eagle in the World
After his South American excursion, Rettig’s Harpy Eagle team went to the Philippines in the late 70’s to film another huge and rare raptor. They joined Robert S. Kennedy who had been surveying the Monkey-eating Eagle in 1972-73. Soon, this elusive bird was adopted as the National Bird of the Philippines, just as conservationist warned of their endangerment by poaching and rampant habitat loss. According to the Philippine Eagle Founda­tion, Neil’s film had made a huge impact, especially with the local people, creating awareness of the perils faced by the striking Philippine Eagle. But the urgent need to protect the eagle from extinction brought Neil Rettig back to the field  to document the increasing human encroachment, declining habitat and to share updated information in high-quality detail.

5) Experience "Bird of Prey"
The story of the rarest eagle on earth: The Cornell Lab' s Multimedia Unit partners with regional and international organizations to support the conservation of some of the most endangered species and habitats around the world. They joined forces with the Philippine Eagle Founda­tion (PEF) and Neil Rettig Productions  to produce "Bird of Prey ", and create targeted education and conservation media to support eagle protection in the Philippines. The film has increasing following in Facebook, currently nearly 20k strong, and has been accumulating numerous awards as it screens internationally .


  We are a 501(c)3 NGO sponsoring this fundraising initiative. Our volunteers have dedicated more than  two decades developing practical solutions to natural resource conflicts, implementing meaningful conservation action at the local and institutional levels and training future leaders for this challenge.  They are dedicated to the study and protection of Neotropical eagles, in particular the Harpy Eagle, and the rainforests they call home in Venezuela. Our founder, Eduardo Alvarez was encouraged and supported by Neil Rettig and many others when he began a long term study of the Harpy Eagles  in the late 1980’s that continues to this day.

Photographs graciously provided by Kike Arnal,  Video CLO.
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